The Full Story Of How “Romantic Soldier” And Corper Met.
The family of a youth corper simply identified as Remi, who proposed to a female soldier, Sofiyat Akinlabi, at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp in Yikpata, Kwara State, has said that the duo started their friendship three years ago in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to the family member, Remi and Akinlabi’s friendship started in Abeokuta over three years ago before the latter joined the military.
The Nigerian Army had detained Akinlabi on December 14, 2021, when a viral video clip showed her accepting the marriage proposal of Remi at the camp in Yikpata, Kwara State.
The lovebirds had shared a hug and kiss to the delight of other corpers at the Mammy market.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, told our correspondent that Akinlabi’s action amounted to taking advantage of her trainee, noting that the public would have been outraged and accused the Army of coercion had a male soldier proposed to a female corper during NYSC parade.
He said, “The female soldier in question violated the following rules of the NA: fraternization while on official duty at the NYSC camp.
That is, indulging in an amorous relationship with a trainee.
Personnel must have served for three years before he/she can qualify for marriage.” Speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the nature of the matter, the close family member of the corps member said that they had lost each other’s contact, but was surprisingly brought together by fate at the NYSC camp in late November.
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